In Daniel 4, the ancient king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, is removed by God from his kingdom due to his vainglorious declaration of his own majesty. Losing his sanity, he is driven into the wilderness to live among the wild beasts. After seven years, his sanity, and kingdom, is restored to him.
Upon his return to his former position of power, the now humbled king recognizes the mercy he has received at the hand of Israel’s God:
Dan 4:34,37: “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: … Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”
After his experience with the one true God, this pagan king is moved to extol the glories of God and his kingdom which reigns over the kingdoms of men. His declaration of God as “the king of heaven” whose “kingdom is from generation to generation,” is an amazing testimony of the eternal nature of God’s kingdom and righteousness!